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Kilrea Parish, County Derry

Origin

Ir. Cill Ria [kill reea] perhaps ‘church of the journey’.

Background

Town is 20km S of Coleraine

bar: Loughinsholin

Kilrea may have been so named because of its position on an important route along the Lower Bann between Toome and Coleraine. The ruined church at the southern approach to the town dates from only the 17th century and the site of the early church may have been in the nearby townland of DRUMAGARNER. A small portion of Kilrea parish is in the barony of Coleraine

[(Coeman) Chilli Riada c.900].

References

Additional Information

Parish in two baronies

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Barony
Coleraine/Loughinsholin
Parish
Kilrea
Parish in 1851
Kilrea
Townland
None
Place name ID
1759
Place name type
P